The Quiet Man
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Returning to the Ireland of his birth, director John Ford fashions a irresistable valentine to the "Auld Sod" in The Quiet Man. Irish-American boxer John Wayne, recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the ring, arrives in the Irish village where he was born. Hoping to bury his past and settle down to a life of tranquility, Wayne has purchased the home of his birth from wealthy local widow Mildred Natwick, a transaction that has incurred the wrath of pugnacious squire Victor McLaglen, who coveted the property for himself. By and by, Wayne falls in love with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a robust romantic drama of a native-born's return to Ireland. Director John Ford took cast and cameras to Ireland to tell the story [by Maurice Walsh] against actual backgrounds."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Let's face it. Mr. Ford is in love with Ireland, as is his cast, and they give us a fine, gay time while they're about it."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"John Ford certainly has a right to some Irish blarney"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Brilliantly photographed romantic comedy."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"One of John Ford's best pictures is also his most overtly romantic saga, set against picaresque Ireland, with top-notch turns from John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"John Ford's 1952 Oscar winner is a tribute to an Ireland that exists only in the imaginations of songwriters and poets like Ford."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Although not a true classic, The Quiet Man is worth more than a cursory glance, especially for those who like Wayne or would like to experience more of his work."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"John Ford may be the first director to make me like John Wayne."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"This is an amusing The Taming of the Shrew type comedy handled with a professional softness of touch by all concerned."
‑ , Film4
"Ford shot on location in Ireland in dazzling Technicolor (with bold, sparkling greens), and came up with one of his most enjoyable, full-bodied films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The illusion/reality theme underlying immigrant boxer Wayne's return from America to County Galway is soon swamped within a vibrant community of stage-Irish 'types'."
‑ , Time Out
"[The script] tends to resolve its problems by having the cast embrace, fraternity-brother fashion, and break out into full-throated ballads."
‑ Manny Farber, The Nation
"Old-fashioned charmer for the family."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Ideal Sunday afternoon fare."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Epic romantic comedy that I believe every Irishman must have seen at least once."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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